Two of the main reasons I choose my program, a semester at University College Dublin, was the location to travel Europe and the amount of time to. After only being in Ireland for three weeks, I was ready to head to mainland Europe and visit Berlin, Germany. It is exciting, and a bit scary, the amount of independence I have over here. Having looked at my semester schedule, I realized most of my exams and projects were due throughout April and May. Now, I figured, would be the best time for me to travel. My new friends and I talked about a weekend trip, and only 4 days before leaving, we booked our plane and hostel. It was spontaneous, but the best decision made since being here.
The weekend started on Friday at 4:30am to catch a bus to the airport. No classes on Friday for me! We spent Friday walking around the city and walking through museums. There are so many details and sculptures on the buildings, something you just don’t see in the states. Being in Germany was the first time being somewhere where English wasn’t the primary language. Luckily, most people spoke it a little and I traveled with a friend who took German in high school.
Saturday was all about the sightseeing. If you are traveling in Europe, I highly recommend seeing Berlin! It has a very urban, hipster and young feel to it. Also, if you like history, there is a lot to see too. One of my favorite parts of the trip was learning about the Holocaust at the Topography of Terror museum. If you want to experience traditional Germany, Berlin may not be the place to go, but I enjoyed getting a true taste of the exciting city.
By the time Sunday rolled around, we were very tired from all the exploring we had done. Hostels are cheap, but not the best for a good night’s sleep (I’ll bring earplugs next time!). We wrapped up our sightseeing, did some shopping at a local art flea market, and tried currywursts. After a long weekend, I was ready to head back to my new home in Dublin. I can’t wait to see where else I get to travel in my 4 months here! Auf wiedersehen, Deutschland!